ProFreeze Photo

Freeze Frame Effects for FCPX

ProFreeze Photo is a freeze frame tool created for use within Final Cut Pro X.  With ProFreeze, users can freeze any frame between video footage and create an awesome parallaxing effect.  Use ProFreeze Photo to introduce characters or highlight any subject matter with incredible energy and simplistic stylization.  ProFreeze Photo is a Final Cut Pro X exclusive plugin.

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Stylizing with ProFreeze Photo in Final Cut Pro X

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Final Cut Pro X Plugin ProFreeze from Pixel Film Studios

Freeze Frame Effects

ProFreeze allows Final Cut Pro X editors to apply dynamic parallax effects to any frame in any video clip instantly.  To use ProFreeze Photo, simply move the playhead to the desired frame in the FCPX timeline and use the command “Shift + H” shortcut to hold the frame in place.  Place ProFreeze Photo above the held area and cut out the subject.  ProFreeze will do the rest.

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Final Cut Pro X Plugin ProFreeze from Pixel Film Studios

Simplistic Visual Effects

ProFreeze Photo pulls video subjects out of their environment and into the foreground.  Easily adjust the color, width, and drop shadow of the picture frame with sliders and color swabs.  Choose a standard colored background or insert an image to create a custom look. Lastly, choose to add small, medium or large particles into the scene.

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Final Cut Pro X Plugin ProFreeze from Pixel Film Studios

Intuitive Animation Controls

After cutting out the subject, look to the “Cut-Out Controls” and to determine where the subject will animate to.  Adjust the X & Y position of the cut-out to adjust its horizontal and vertical orientation respectively.  Change Z position of the subject to alter the depth.  With “Camera Controls” users can add a slight dolly and/or a shaky camera effect to the scene.

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Final Cut Pro X Plugin ProFreeze Photo from Pixel Film Studios

Built-In Masking Tool

ProFreeze features a built-in masking tool to cut-out and highlight the character or object within a given scene.  To use the masking tool, start by clicking around the subject and completing the mask.  Double-click the line to add a point.  Double-click a point to change its curvature.  Command + double-click on a point to delete it.  With these simple controls, user can refine their cut-out selection.  ProFreeze Photo makes amazing easy in Final Cut Pro X

Installing ProFreeze Photo

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How do I Install ProFreeze Photo in Final Cut Pro X?

Here's how to install ProFreeze Photo for any Mac operating system.

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Sierra Instructions

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Pre-Sierra Instructions

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How do Uninstall ProFreeze Photo in Final Cut Pro X?

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  1. Open your finder window and do a search for “PFSMask” and anything that pertains to that,
  2. Go ahead and delete these files .
  3. Lastly, access your Movies>Motion Templates> Titles, and remove ProFreeze.

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Unidentified Developer and Won't Install

The message you got was to inform you the app wasn't purchased in the Mac App Store.

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ProFreeze Photo Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X

Learn how to professionally use a freeze frame effect with the ProFreeze Photo Lesson from Pixel Film Studios.  

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Final Cut Pro X Plugin ProFreeze Photo from Pixel Film Studios

Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline

Let’s begin by selecting our footage from the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline.

  1. First we will need to add a freeze frame to our media.
  2. Drag your curser over the frame you want to be frozen.
  3. Then press shift and H at the same time on your keyboard. Doing this hold the selected frame in place.
  4. If want to adjust the placement of the hold you can alter the hold by dragging the ends forwards or backwards.
  5. Once you have the hold in place, Locate ProFreeze Photo is the FCPX Titles Library.
  6. Click and drag the effect over the hold mark on your media clip.Next, Select the ProFreeze Photo adjustment layer and go to the inspector window.

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Final Cut Pro X Plugin ProFreeze Photo from Pixel Film Studios

Step 2 - Effect Controls

First you will begin adjusting the cut-out controls. The instructions checkbox gives you a brief reminder of how to add points and how to delete or clear all of your points.

  1. Underneath is the guides checkbox. This needs be turned on in order for you to see the points you are making on screen.
  2. Once the guides are turned on start outlining the subject you are going to cut out.
  3. Position the cut out over the original subject so the effect is flawless.

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Final Cut Pro X Plugin ProFreeze Photo from Pixel Film Studios

Step 3 - Cut Out Controls

Now let’s move on to the Cut-Out Style

  1. In this section you will be able to adjust the sharpness, outline and shadow of the cut-out. Adjusting the shadow controls will add more depth to your cut-out.

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Final Cut Pro X Plugin ProFreeze Photo from Pixel Film Studios

Step 4 - Overlay & Frame Controls

Next is the Overlay Controls where you can adjust the particle opacity as well the particle size.

  1. Once you have the Overlay controls set you can go on to adjusting the Frame controls.
  2. Adjust the frame depth, color, width, angle and shadow to get a more dynamic look.

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Final Cut Pro X Plugin ProFreeze Photo from Pixel Film Studios

Final Touches

Now for some Final Touches,

  1. Let’s start with the Background controls. You can first start by choosing a background color or you can create a custom background by enabling the custom check box where you will be able to insert your very own media by using the drop zone given.
  2. Once the drop zone is filled you can then adjust the position and scale of your media.
  3. After adjusting the background controls you can then alter the camera controls. By clicking the new camera generate button users will be able to quickly cycle through different camera movements with complete ease.

ProFreeze Photo Frequently Asked Questions

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I installed ProFreeze Photo and see a red screen similar to this.

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Why is this Happening:

This means that Final Cut Pro is currently out of date.

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What is the Solution:

Update Final Cut Pro. You can update by going to the app store.

Click Here to Watch Troubleshooting Video

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Where do I find ProFreeze Photo?

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Once the installation is complete, you can find ProFreeze Photo in the FCPX Titles library.

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Where is your tutorial for ProFreeze Photo?

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You can search for the tutorial on the actual product page located at the bottom under the tutorial tab (if one is available). Keep in mind not all tutorials are available yet for each plugin. We are working daily to update new lessons for older and new plugins.

ProFreeze Photo Troubleshooting

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Why are my masking points not matching?

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Why is this Happening:

The Pixel Film Studios Masking tool which is in ProFreeze is designed to work in a FCPX project set at a 1920x1080 resolution. If your project or video is not at a 1920 x 1080 resolution, the masking points will not match where you are clicking. Our developers are trying to figure out how to make it work at other resolutions.

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What is the Solution:

To change your project to a 1920 x 1080 resolutions follow these instructions

  1. With Final Cut open, choose window(Top left of screen).
  2. Select project properties.
  3. To the top right, you'll see your project resolution. Select modify.
  4. On the "Video" option, select 1080p HD

Click Here to Watch Project Settings Tutorial

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I installed the ProFreeze Photo and see a red screen similar to this.

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Why is this Happening:

This means that Final Cut Pro is currently out of date.

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What is the Solution:

Update Final Cut Pro. You can update by going to the app store.

Click Here to Watch Troubleshooting Video

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I don't see a guides checkbox. Why am I not able to use the masking tool?

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Why is this Happening:

If you are missing controls and unable to place a mask, it is due to an installation issue.

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What is the Solution:

Completely uninstall what you installed, then reinstall the product. These instructions are located under the installation tab.

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Im not seeing my subject Cut-Out, only my full shot. Did I miss a step?

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Why is this Happening:

The mask needs to be closed for the subject to be cut out.

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What is the Solution:

Make sure you click back on the first mask point after setting the last mask point to close the mask shape. An indication of closing the mask shape is the mask points will change color and you will see your subject cut out and separated from the background.

Click Here to Watch Masking Tutorial

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